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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: Today at 08:23:17 PM »
For me, I have no interest in WiFi for streaming images off to the internet. Most of my photography is done outdoors and very little of it is done in Wifi range of anything... probably a quarter of it is done outside cell phone range....

What I was interested in, was the ability to remote control the camera. That will be missed... and no WiFi SD card is going to give me those abilities.

I think that was the point right from the first post in this thread. I don't think anybody uses it to post to Facebook.  But controlling the camera and reviewing on a large screen are big pluses to WiFi.

What really gets me is that all the technology is there to incorporate off-camera flash triggering and controlling; but there's no sign of it yet.  Being able to walk around with an iPad and set all my lighting and camera controls, trigger, and review, would be fantastic.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: Today at 05:34:45 PM »
But, back on topic. I think we are not far away from the day when most brides will expect that the picture of them walking down the aisle will be posted to Facebook before the ceremony ends.

Yes, all this puts more pressure on photographers, but that pressure isn't going away. The public will demand instant posting of images, regardless of what manufacturers do, so why shouldn't camera manufacturers make it easier or their customers (the photographers) to gain a competitive edge.

I can't think of a day in anybodies life where they should be further away from Facebook.  The rest of the day goes by in the blink of an eye after walking down the aisle.  You're rushed off for photos, then meet and greet, a few toasts, before you know it you're on the dance floor.  By that time I was far to drunk to be posting to Face Space anyway.  But I digress...

I'm sure you have a point, and it does increase the pressure on photogs.  But it is something else that helps separate the pros from the uncles with a 5d3 and 70-200 II vying for a good seat on the aisle.  So I guess I can see a good side to it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: Today at 05:05:46 PM »
Camera battery is probably lacking the power to stream files continously, what would it take to enable that functionality?
Built-in WiFi in Canon 6D is slow and disconnects randomly, not super useful. Are Canon's external $800 accessories faster? One would hope so.
I've got a TP-Link MR3040, costs $40, I'm gonna compare that to the Canon 6D and see.....

I haven't had many issues with it disconnecting randomly.  My tablet shuts off and it disconnects, but that's not the camera's problem.

As far as it being slow: what are you using WiFi for?  There's a little lag on mine, but that's to be expected.  I find it fast enough to work with.  Sadly it doesn't seem much slower than Lightroom takes when tethering with a cable. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: Today at 04:20:46 PM »
For shooting pets, outdoor, wildlife, people, landscape.

For people or landscapes, I'd recommend a 6D; as for wildlife and animals, the new 7D2 will do a better job. If you need both, I'm afraid, only 5D3 will cut it. Or you could just buy 5D2 and 7D and call it a day :)

And even then...  it depends.  If you're shooting landscape with a tripod the FF won't make a huge difference.  If you shoot people in a studio with lighting it won't make a big difference there either.  Wildlife and animals is definitely in the 7D's wheelhouse, but some peoples definition of wildlife are caged animals in a zoo and their fat pet cat.  All of which the 6D is perfectly capable of.  So once again...  it depends.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: Today at 04:16:46 PM »
For shooting pets, outdoor, wildlife, people, landscape.

Nobody can tell you.  You have to decide what means more to you: high ISO performance, or AF performance and crop sensor benefits.

With all the discussions that come up here comparing this camera to that, I have to say this is probably the most cut and dry discussions of them all.  These are two completely different cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: Today at 04:11:47 PM »
For those who aren't aware, I read that Canon was not able to integrate Wi-Fi because the magnesium alloy chassis (as opposed to plastic on 70D) causes too much interference with the signal. They had to decide between durability and features. Though Wi-Fi would have been nice, there's still IR shooting and tethered USB...which works well enough for me.

There seems plenty of options to get around that, from antenna embedded in the outer shell somewhere, or putting in an optional grip attachment (chaching for Canon), or simply a port where you can attach a small external antenna when you want to use WiFi.  Maybe not as nice as having it embedded, but it'd be nice to have the option.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: Today at 04:08:35 PM »
Another +1.

The facebook comment made me laugh, as it's the first remark I hear when someone finds out that my camera has WiFi.  And I don't even know if the GPS on my 6D works; never felt compelled to find out.

Lighting / Re: Yonguo YN560-TX Transmitter Released
« on: Today at 12:11:28 PM »
I got to give mine a try this weekend, but just for a quick portrait session – my real intent with it is for architectural work where I often have flashes in other rooms or even outside.  For portrait/product work it’s probably faster to just adjust power at the flash.

That said, for $50 I’m pretty impressed.  My only real complaint is that the up/down buttons only do the 1/3 stop increments, I wish I could use them to quickly choose groups and have another button combo for fine tuning.  Lack of AF doesn’t really bother me, as I use manual focus for my architectural work and my 6D usually finds focus regardless of the lighting.  But everyone has their own uses and work flow.  Seems like it wouldn’t have been hard to put AF in, but what do I know.

I’m sure I’ll end up buying another 560 III or two just for convenience, although I have no need for more flashes.  It would have been nice to have them function in groups with the 602/603, but I’m sure the technology just wasn’t there (unless you used channels).  For my work I can’t really see using more than 3 groups, and it’s not usually the absolute power of the lights as it is the ratio relative to the others.  So 2 or 3 controllable lights should be sufficient, and the others can just be dummies.

Lighting / Yonguo YN560-TX Transmitter Released
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:10:09 PM »
I didn't see any other threads discussing the transmitter, other than one on the 560 III.  Looks like Yongnuo released the new transmitter back in June.  Looks promising, remote power and zoom control of the 560 III, plus dummy triggers for 602 and 603/II receivers.

There's a couple of reviews online. Anybody get one of these yet?

Lighting / Re: How to Extend Flash Performance (Life on Site)
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:30:19 PM »
As RLP noted, you can use a wider aperture and up your ISO a bit.  You can also use two flashes (if off camera) at half the power.  Just knocking two stops off your flash can have a significant impact.  My flashes can fire all night long at 1/16.

Post Processing / Re: Too much chroma?
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:03:22 PM »
I agree with both of them, and I'd combine their advice.  I'd warm the foreground, then I'd take the saturation of the whole thing down a notch or two.  I'd probably dim the foreground a tad too, as it just looks to light given the sunset.

Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:00:24 PM »
So I just thought I'd ask if anyone was interested in the new Triggertrap. Reason I ask is I have the chance to get an additional for 35 pounds and I see on their site that it's currently listed at 179 pounds.

According to the kickstarter page posted above, the 35 pounds backer only gets a timelapse kit.  No laser, no sound, no light, no PIR, and no extras.  Just FYI.

Post Processing / Re: Posterization - 5D III HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 04:01:45 PM »
A sunrise or sunset does have an enormous range of tones, and automatic processing is going to be severely challenged to produce a good result. I forget whether in HDR mode on the Mk III you can set the number of images to take. For a shot like the one you describe, I would think that 5 or 7 images might be necessary to prevent posterization.

Why would more images help reduce posterization?

Post Processing / Re: Posterization - 5D III HDR
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:11:50 AM »
Color space isn't going to have an impact on posterization.  Technically you're going to get it anytime you decrease the bit depth of an image.  But you can minimize the visual impact of the final image.

I've never used in camera HDR for this reason, you lose control of the process. HDR & tone mapping are far too complicated of a process to leave up to the camera, IMHO.  If the result really is unusable then I'd recommend giving a program like Photomatix or Enfuse another go.  I'm certain that there's nothing that your camera can do that either of these programs cannot.  It just takes some practice to get the results you want.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo vs. Pixel?
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:23:12 PM »
received a Classy NO from Yongnuo today.

"Hi dear user,
Thanks for contacting us!
At present, all the YONGNUO products are mainly designed and developed for Canon and Nikon. For we don't have a Pixel Mago flash to be tested with our products, we are not sure if it's compatible with our products. If possible, we kindly suggest you to take your device to a physical store to test with our products to avoid purchasing a wrong device.
Thank you very much for your attention to YONGNUO products! If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us again.
Best regards,

as yongnuo is already well established on third part flash market, they won't give in as expected.

the answer from pixel looks like a kung fu deflection:

"Yes, we did found this issue. But our Mago can work with original flash. If not, we will develop new firmware to correct it.

Since there are so many flashes on the market, so cannot make sure every flash can work with the Mago.

Anyway, thanks for your support.

Good day!"

no comments about this last one. I'm hoping magic lantern or something crack this then  :(

I'm actually surprised that the Yongnuo response was so well written, especially considering what their website and instructions look like.  Obviously the response from Pixel is the results of your original email being filtered through an online translator, and then their response back through the other way.

To their point, you can't expect third party developers to consider products from every other third party vender.  It goes against the basic concept of cheap third party alternatives.  And you're right, they don't want you buying other third party gear, they're there to persuade you to buy theirs instead of the name brand stuff.

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